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Oct 9, 2012 4:00am PDT
francisco late last night, stepped up his attacks on mitt romney's debate performance, saying it wasn't leadership, but instead salesmanship. >> but the latest poll taken after the debates, shows romney swinging ahead of the president, 49% to 45%. that's mainly due to a surge in support for romney from women voters. abc's karen travers has more on the campaign trial. >> reporter: shifting focus to foreign affairs, mitt romney launched a scathing attack on president obama's policies and leadership overseas. >> it's time to change course in the middle east. it's clear that the risk of conflict in the region is higher now than when the president took office. >> reporter: so far, the economy has dominated the campaign debate. but the romney campaign tried to seize on questions and criticism about the president's handling of last month's attack in libya. it was a chance to try to reverse the tide of romney's recent perceived missteps, including his initial response to the libya attack. the republican contender accused the president of passivity over partnership. >> i know the president hopes
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Oct 7, 2012 5:30pm PDT
candidates trying to capitalize on their own momentum. governor romney fueled by his debate performance in florida all weekend long drawing his biggest crowds yet and president obama with that new unemployment number back to where it was when he took office teaming up with bill clinton in california, and clinton will be on the campaign trail all week, and this as a new gallup poll showing a tighter race after the debate. the president now up by just three points after being up by six points at his peak. abc's david kerley is on the campaign trail tonight in florida. >> reporter: 9,000 flag-waving romney supporters jammed the town square, 6,000 last night, all ready to turn the president out of office. >> you all have the chance to hear his answers or his not answers -- nonanswers. now, of course, days later we're hearing his excuses, and next january we'll be watching him leave the white house for the last time. >> reporter: team romney is feeling the momentum from his debate performance, and the obama campaign is admitting even the president realizes he didn't perform at hi
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Oct 4, 2012 5:30pm PDT
debate drama. the president tries to rally after mitt romney's big night. what insiders tell us today about why the president was off his game. >>> breaking news. those loose passenger seats force american airlines to ground 48 planes tonight, causing even more delays and cancelled flights. >>> health alert. a mysterious outbreak of meningitis, deaths, serious illness. and it's linked to a treatment for back pain which was somehow contaminated. >>> real money. can we put thousands of dollars in your pocket right now? doubling the value of that old car in your driveway. >>> good evening. we begin with that question we heard asked across the country today. what was going on with president obama at the big debate with governor mitt romney last night? we have learned that 67.2 million americans were watching last night and governor romney came out swinging. the president seemed to be dodging the fight. with only 33 days to go until your voice, your vote, why was the president off his game? has the whole race changed today? we'll start with abc's jake tapper, he is in wisconsin, traveling
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Oct 1, 2012 5:30pm PDT
officials have been poring over republican debate tapes, studying mitt romney. and according to one person familiar with the president's debate preparations, it has been exhausting work and the president is definitely out of practice, though, of course, the campaign has been trying to lower expectations. president obama has been practicing for wednesday's debate at the westin lake las vegas resort and spa, 17 miles from the las vegas strip. presidential debate veteran senator john kerry is participating in the mock debates, pretending to be a different patrician wealthy massachusetts pol, mitt romney. yesterday, in las vegas, the president tried to lower expectations. >> i know folks in the media are speculating already on who's going to have the best zingers. >> you are! >> governor romney, he's a good debater. i'm just okay. >> reporter: a new "washington post"/abc news poll shows the president enjoys advantages going into this debate. 66% say his policies have favored the middle class, while 57% think romney's, instead, would favor the wealthy. but the campaign sees some liabilit
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Oct 2, 2012 4:30am PDT
gold rush days of 1849. >>> 4:46. the stage is set for the first debate between mitt romney and president obama. next, the lines both candidates will be using. >>> penalty you will be paying when flying one airline. you won't believe how much money your carry-ons could cost you. >>> holiday hiring already in full swing at within majo you disgust me. prove it. enough is enough. d-con baits are specially formulated to kill in one feeding. guaranteed. d-con. get out. um, hello. these ugly stains are ruining my good looks and style. and good luck using that cleaner. excuse me, miss ? he's right. those are tough hard water stains, and that cleaner's not gonna cut it. truth is, 85% of us have hard water and many don't even know it. you need lime-a-way. lime-a-way is specially formulated to conquer hard water stains. it's 4 times more effective at removing lime scale than the leading bathroom cleaner. see the lime-a-way difference or your money back. >>> welcome to tuesday morning. tuesday afternoon mid to upper 70s coast a few 80s, 80s and 90s bay, 90s to 100 inland. let's see what is
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Oct 4, 2012 4:00am PDT
. >> reporter: most agree romney led the debate. and after lagging in many polls, this first match-up could give him the boost he needed. >> knowing he's behind and he needs to win. and he came in and fought that fight stylistically. i think he put the president on defense a number of times. >> reporter: now, the candidates aren't wasting any time. they're getting back on the campaign trail today. and the big next week when the vice presidential candidates go one-on-one in kentucky. live in denver, brandi hitt. back to you. >> big issues and controversies in the headlines last few weeks, never mentioned last night. >> reporter: definitely. that's what's interesting, rob and paula. you talk to the analysts. and a lot of people were waiting for president obama to bring up mitt romney's past at bain capital. and that 47% comment he made over the last couple of weeks. abc news spoke to the romney campaign and they were also surprised. they had pressed mitt romney to answer these questions. and they don't know why the president didn't bring it up, either. i feel these are talking points th
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Oct 3, 2012 5:30pm PDT
wives. mrs. romney will be introduced first. both wives playing the role of debate partner. mrs. romney telling cnn it's been her most important role during the campaign. >> it's a cute thing that he does, almost after every answer. he finds me in the audience. as soon as he gets on stage, the first thing he does is, he takes off his watch and puts it on the podium. but then he writes "dad." >> reporter: romney's father, the one-time michigan governor, who also ran for president. and the first lady acknowledging her own nerves. >> i get so nervous at these debates and, you know, i'm like one of those parents watching their kid on the balance beam. you just are standing there, trying not to, you know, have any expression at all. >> reporter: advice that comes on the same day they mark something else. >> this is from me to you, honey, happy 20th anniversary. >> reporter: they will likely mark their anniversary with a private dinner after the debate tonight. sasha and malia back in washington, they have school tomorrow. several of the romney boys will be in this debate hall. and on
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Oct 1, 2012 4:30am PDT
from the first presidential debate. new poll numbers show mitt romney has a lot of catching up to do. >>> plus, important deadline the u.s. postal service couldn't deliver on. >>> milestone for the . >>> most of the country in the 60s and 70s 103 phoenix, 80 portland, 71 seattle. airports you can see all on time severe weather in atlanta could back up. without the clouds here not expecting delays in san francisco, oakland or san jose. >>> 4:48. fundraiser was held yesterday for the family of fallen chp officer kenyon youngstrom killed during a traffic stop on i-680 in alamo earlier this month. the support has been tremendous. >> the community outreach because eye done this, has just been unbelievable. i've had people pledge cash. we've got a website with the fallen heroes organization. we work closely with for a long time here in alamo. >> the restaurant owner is urging people who want to support youngstrom's widow and four children to drop off donations at the restaurant. >>> president obama and mitt romney are preparing for this week's high profile debate. mr. obama is at a reso
ABC
Oct 5, 2012 4:00am PDT
his campaign reenergized after a strong showing in wednesday's debate, mitt romney took on the controversy, surrounding his comments that 47% of americans are dependent on government. shortly after a tape of his comments were released, romney said his remarking were not eloquently stated. but in an interview on fox news, he offered a new explanation. >> it's completely wrong. and i absolutely believe, however, that my life has shown that i care about 100%. >> reporter: president obama, meanwhile, is trying to rebound from what many believe was a lackluster debate performance. before a crowd of 30,000 in madison, wisconsin, yesterday, the president suggested romney's performance was just an act. >> i met this very spirited fellow who claims to be mitt romney. but i know it couldn't have been mitt romney. because the real mitt romney's been running around the country for the last year, promising $5 trillion in tax cuts that favor the wealthy. >> reporter: obama campaign advisers were even more blunt, accusing romney of being dishonest on the debate stage. but some of the presiden
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Oct 3, 2012 11:35pm PDT
very tough a. >> reporter: why did you give romney an a? >> debates are about expectations. and i think on style, romney didn't get tripped up in any of his awkward moments that he's become pretty well known for on the campaign trail, so, in my mind, he was testellar. he connected. and i thought he communicated a very clear and strategic and thematic case. and i think that leads into substance. >> reporter: style, you gave him a c? >> he looked good, but overall i thought that he was just a little bit too aggressive, a little bit too attack, attack, attack. >> reporter: he's got the mt. ru rushmore look. you gave him a b? >> he came in with a plan and he came -- he came in to win. he came here tonight to win. a boxer walking into a ring, knowing he's behind and he needs to win and he fought that fought. so, stylistically, he put the president on the defensive a number of times. a b. i'm a hard a, but a b is very good. >> reporter: all right, so, the president comes out there, he's the president, got the trappings of the office around him. on style, how do you grade him? >> a b. >>
ABC
Oct 9, 2012 4:30am PDT
center found mitt romney is leading 49-45%. the first major poll taken since he debated mitt romney. the president's debate performance was widely criticized even by his supporters. some said they came out to support him in san francisco because of his debate performance. >> the debate, i thought if romney got elected and i hadn't done everything i could to help, i would never forgive . that's why i'm here today. -- >> reporter: the president is in town to raise money this is his sixth visit here this year. he told supporters he intends to win this election. his next stop is ohio, a swing state. he will be leaving this morning, this is between -- on howard between fourth and fifth he will be leaving after commute rush hour, after 9:00. you want to keep that in mind if you are going to be in this area. when his motorcade is on the move they shutdown several downtown blocks. amy hollyfield, abc7 news. >>> when that does happen sue hall will be keeping us posted. the president's visit draws protest -- protesters, a small group turned out last night. they called on the obama administrat
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Oct 1, 2012 4:00am PDT
the president and mitt romney, hunkering down today to prep for the first debate. and a brand-new poll shows who most voters expect to win in november. >>> ticketer shock, looking for the most popular things we buy. why a diaper supply shortage. >>> and open book. he realized his housekeeper's son was his. >>> and collision course, with a skateboard and a deer that comes out of nowhere. >>> good morning, everybody. i'm john muller. rob nelson is off this morning. >> and i'm paula faris. we begin this monday, the 1st of october, can you believe it? with a new abc news poll it comes just as the presidential candidates come out. >> tahman bradley starts us off from washington. >> reporter: good morning. it's hard to believe that the first presidential debate is on wednesday. mitt romney and president obama have been preparing day and night. with both men saying the other guy is going to do a better job. president obama and mitt romney start the week with a crucial showdown on wednesday at the first presidential debate in denver. at a rally in las vegas, president obama tried to manag
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Oct 5, 2012 1:40am PDT
two, two enormous balls. ha-ha-ha! >> mitt romney won the debate last night, which means president obama lost two fights on his anniversary last night. the president seemed a little bit out of it last night. he had all the enthusiasm of a husband talking to his wife's friends at a dinner party. he kept looking down and frowning. it was like he was trying to find something on apple maps. the only thing that could have salvaged obama's performance is if the body of bin laden could have fell from the ceiling onto the stage. >> obama could have waterboarded alladin, put down blue, deported dora the explorer and won walking away. romney won with the sound off. look up, look up. what are you writing's so important? oh, that's -- that is impressive work. >> oh, my gosh, i love that. >> finally, to another race, one as close as the presidential contest. >> family circle's, cookie bake-off, ann romney's m & m, versus michelle obama's white and dark chocolate chip cookies. >> another waner by 51 pptd 5% to 41.5%, 287 votes, michelle obama takes the sweep. here's a look at the cookies. 9,000
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Sep 30, 2012 5:30pm PDT
ups the ante saying mitt romney will turn the race upside down in the debate. >> you're going to be shaking your head saying it's a brand-new race. >>> our political team with three things to watch for. >>> taking sides, the controversial case unfolding tonight, the mother of five shot and killed by a u.s. border agent, but what happened just beforehand? tonight two very different accounts. >>> lake invaders. what's happening to america's lakes? the living, breathing organism that can now be seen from space and the threat the families living nearby. tonight, our correspondent right in the middle of it with the new warning. >>> and sidelined. for the first time we're hearing from one of those replacement refs. the moment that had even the ref wanting to cry. what he's saying about it all. >>> good evening. it is great to have you with us here on a sunday night. there are just 37 days until the election, but tonight we are focused on a more urgent countdown. just three days until that crucial first debate between president obama and governor romney. the first chance for voters to see
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Oct 2, 2012 5:30pm PDT
slip away? >> reporter: ann romney got to colorado before her. >> we have a debate coming up. we're excited about that. we're focused. >> reporter: family members' nerves are on edge, as josh romney confided to diane in august. >> i hate the debates. trying to sit there and be cool and keep a smile on your face. inside you want to fall down. >> reporter: four years ago, michelle obama would get so nervous during the debates she didn't like to watch them. she'll be there tomorrow in the debate hall. we turn to david muir who is there. david? >> reporter: hey, jake. i'll see you right here in the debate hall tomorrow night. tonight, here are some key decisions made moments ago. a coin toss between the campaigns determining that president obama will be introduced first and will have the first question. governor romney will get the final argument. there was even a toss about which of the wives will be introduced first. ann romney will be introduced first. i want to show the debate stage. both podiums. both candidates will stand with one another. that's why the romney team is concentrati
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Oct 8, 2012 11:00am PDT
advantage in the three days leading in the debate. the same poll found voters overwhelmingly said romney won't debate, the biggest debate win ever recorded by gallup. bigger than clinton's 42 point margin over bush.4!zf[ç in los angeles last night musicians lent their support. mr. obama thanked the performers and threw in a not so subtle reference to his debate performance. >> the president: they perform flawlessly, night after night. i can't always say the same. >> reporter: with the polls tightening the pressure is on vice president biden who squares off against ryan thursday night. karen travers, abc news, washington. >>> senator feinstein has called for a federal investigation into record gas prices we are pail. today's report shows san francisco averages $4.74 for regular oakland and san jose $4.68. those prices are 50 cents a gallon higher than a week ago. the senator has asked the ftc for an immediate probe questioning whether the spike is related to supply. yesterday governor brown ordered smog regulators to allow cheaper winter blend gas to go on sale early to bring down the pr
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Oct 4, 2012 1:40am PDT
romney can capitalize on his strong showing. abc's karen travers live in denver where the debates took place. >> reporter: good morning. there were missed opportunities for president obama and mitt romney. wonky debate, in-depth policy talk. mitt romney came out very aggressive, very prepared, and put president obama on defense for most of the 90 minutes. president obama and mitt romney finally went head-to-head, right out of the gate, the candidates boiled down their economic arguments. >> governor romney has a perspective that says if we cut taxes, skewed toward the wealthy and roll back regulations that we'll be better off. i've got a different view. >> the president has a silar to the view he had whe rn an four years ago. if you will, trickle down government would work. that's not the right answer for america. >> reporter: romney's comments about the 47% have taken a toll on his campaign. even before that leaked video polls showed americans think he favors the wealthy over the middle-class. he clearly wanted to try and change that perception. >> the people who are having a har
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Oct 2, 2012 4:00am PDT
obama and mitt romney will go head-to-head during the first presidential debate. at a rally last night in denver, romney previewed one of his lines of attack. >> we had 43-straight weeks of unemployment above 8%. and what does the president say to all this? he says forward. i think forewarned a better term. >> reporter: romney's trailing president obama in polls. and his campaign knows the upcoming debates could be their best chance to turn things around. that's why the candidate has spent many hours practicing. he'll huddle again with advise herbs practicing today. in the mock debates, senator rob portman is playing barack obama. >> he's playing president obama in the mock debates we have. i don't like him very much anymore. >> reporter: as for president obama, he took a break from practice yesterday to visit a campaign office and make a few calls to unsuspecting voters. >> andrea? hi. this is barack obama. how are you? that's right. >> reporter: it was just a brief break for the president, who, like romney, has been rehearsing for days. senator john kerry is playing the role of romne
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Oct 4, 2012 6:00am PDT
already this morning after last night's debate. strong showing by romney who criticized the president on the economy. the pair also brought the sluggish economy with romney promising to close tax loopholes and limit deductions. mr. obama says that plan will hurt the struggling middle class. >> the president: it is not possible to come up with enough deductions and loopholes that only affect high income individuals to avoid either raising the deficit or burdening the middle class. the it is math, arithmetic. >> pundits this morning are saying romney's aggressive perform was what he needed. >> -- performance was what he needed. >>> a poll conducted last night immediately after the debate found 67% of registered voters went for mitt romney. 25% went for president obama. cnn conducted the poll with 430 americans. >>> next debate takes play week from today in kentucky when vice president biden and congressman ryan face off. abc 7 will air that debate live. >>> stock market opens up in less than 30 minutes. this morning investors will be keeping a close eye on helmand province, -- on hp, stock
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Oct 7, 2012 8:00am PDT
day, the big question, can governor romney double down on his debate win and take control of this race? wiil friday's surprisingly strong jobs report -- >> the unemployment rate has fallen to its lowest level since i took office. >> -- stop his momentum? we'll ask top advisers to both candidates, robert gibbs for obama, ed gillespie for romney. then insight and analysis on our powerhouse round table with our favorite political odd couple, james carville and mary matalin, plus nobel prize winner paul krugman of "the new york times," peggy noonan from "the wall street journal" and abc's jonathan karl. then -- >> and what would you like for christmas, little boy? get off. >> the week's other political slugfest, bill o'reilly joins us live this morning. >> from abc news, "this week" with george stephanopoulos. it's "your voice, your vote." reporting from abc news election headquarters, george stephanopoulos. >> hello, again, just 30 days now until the final votes, and after the most intense week yet of this campaign, mitt romney has momentum. national polls show him gaining ground, and his
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Sep 30, 2012 5:00pm PDT
romney and president obama right here on abc7. abc news, your voice, your vote. live debate coverage begins at 6:00 p.m. this wednesday. the u.s. supreme court will begin their new term tomorrow and the justices may weigh in on proposition 8. just as clarence thomas and colleagues attended a red mass at the cathedral in washington d.c., the church hosts the annual mass to pray for the judges. the court will hear arguments on october 10th that could further limit or even end affirmative action for college admission. also an appeal to sustain prop 8 could be heard in november. california voters approved a ban on same-sex marriage four years ago. >>> a messy situation on stage proves justin bieber is one dedicated performer. the story ahead and plus a portion of san francisco is now oracle world. the company's big convention could cause some big headaches if you are trying to get around downtown. that story ahead. and the heat will peak [ woman ] ring. ring. progresso. your new light creamy potato with bacon & cheese soup says it's 100 calories a serving. that's right. in what world do
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Oct 4, 2012 11:00am PDT
unassertive and looked down during attacks. most say it was romney who won this debate. >> moments like these can wipe the slate clean watch has gone on the last month. >> reporter: as both hit the campaign trail this afternoon. >> two more debates look up and give it to mitt romney. also -- >> reporter: this debate is making political history on twit we are the creation of new hash tag fired big bird. brandi hitt, abc7 news. >>> coming to president obama's defense al gore who is suggesting obama's lackluster performance might be blamed on altitude sickness. the next debate is a week from today in kentucky when biden and ryan face off. . >>> back in vallejo police have arrested a retire mad reason for allegedly shooting and killing two of his neighbors. that happened in the flown cove neighborhood 6:00 last night. police found two men 50 and 58 dead at the scene. a 65-year-old man surrendered after a 45 minute standoff. police say all three knew each other. investigators state suspect owned several guns. >>> san jose police looking for killers on the loose after two shootings in different par
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Oct 6, 2012 4:00am PDT
: also in virginia, mitt romney's post-debate momentum ran smack right into those breakthrough numbers. >> more and more people have just stopped looking for work. >> reporter: romney tried to spin the unemployment rate. >> the truth is, if the same share of people were participating in the workforce today, on the day the president got elected, the unemployment rate would be around 11%. >> reporter: the president, who spoke before romney, saw that charge coming. >> today's news, certainly is not an excuse to try to talk down the economy, to score a few political points. it's a reminder that this country has come too far to turn back now. >> reporter: but there was more. when the former ceo of general electric took to twitter and the air waves, suggesting the obama campaign cooked the numbers. >> i don't know what the right number is. but i'll tell you, these numbers don't smell right when you think about where the economy is right now. >> reporter: many experts laughed off the charge. but the labor secretary, whose department compiles the monthly report, was not laughing. >> i'm insult
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Oct 2, 2012 1:40am PDT
. preparing for their first debate. >> president obama and mitt romney are off the campaign trail today as they get ready to face off tomorrow night. it's tuesday, october 2nd. >> announcer: from abc news, this is "world news now." >>> good tuesday morning, everyone. i'm paula faris. good to see you back. >> good to be back. >> uh-huh. >> you had fun in baltimore. back together. you had a good time in baltimorbaltimor baltimore. i had a good time in new orleans. and now we're back at the desk. >> i was feeling it yesterday. you are feeling it today. >> running on fumes. that is for sure. i like the glasses -- something different. >> took him about 20 minutes. and then he was like something is different. >> i'm tired. >> glasses. my eyes are -- just -- significantly regressing. >> it happens in your 60s. good morning, everybody, i'm rob nelson. in a moment we'll have a look at how each candidate will try to score points at the big debate tomorrow night. >>> also this half hour, an amtrak train with 169 passengers collides with a big rig and then derails and passengers and eyewitnesses are d
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Oct 5, 2012 4:30am PDT
:49. successful debate performance under his belt, mitt romney is distancing him from his words about the 47%. in the past he stood by the comments. overnight, major change. tahman bradley has the latest. >> reporter: with his campaign reenergized after a strong showing in wednesday's debate mitt romney took on the controversy surrounding his comments that 47% of americans are dependent on government. shortly after a tape of his s -- of his comments were released he said his s were not eloquently stated. >> completely wrong. i absolutely believe however that my life has shown that i care about 100%. >> reporter: president obama is trying to rebound from what many believe was a lackluster debate before a crowd of 30,000 in wisconsin yesterday he suggested romney's performance was an act. >> the president: i met this spirited fellow to claimed to be mitt romney. but i know it couldn't have been mitt romney, because the real mitt romney has been running around the country for the last year, promising five trillion dollars in tax cuts that favor the wealthy. >> reporter: campaign advisers
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Oct 9, 2012 1:40am PDT
? >> let's go. >> a new poll after the debate shows mitt romney bouncing up. he's now ahead 49% to 45% over the president. >>> although the race does remain very close. with both candidates returning to a state critical for victory in november. abc's karen travers is joining us now with more. hey, karen. >> good morning, rob. good morning, paula. a month out from election day, yesterday wasn't the typical day on the campaign trail. mitt romney was focused on foreign policy, and the president was asking for cash, not votes. shifting his focus to foreign affairs, mitt romney launched a scathing attack on president obama's policies and leadership overseas. >> it's time to change course in the middle east. it's clear that the risk of conflict in the region is higher now than when the president took office. >> reporter: so far the economy has dominated the campaign debate, but the romney campaign tried to seize on questions and criticisms about the president's handling of last month's attack in libya. it was also a chance to try to reverse the tide after some of romney's perceived missteps
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Oct 3, 2012 4:30am PDT
: president obama and mitt romney will face off in their first presidential debate tonight. >> governor romney and president obama will meet behind me. >> reporter: what happens on this stage could be pivotal with only five weeks until election day. the first debate will focus on the economy and domestic policy. both took a break tuesday, with mitt romney grabbing a bite to eat in denver, president obama visited the hoover dam for the first time. >> the president: it is spectacular. >> reporter: both relied heavily on their running mates to lead their campaign. >> how they can justify raising taxes on the middle class that has been buried the last four years. >> reporter: it didn't take long for republican vice presidential hopeful ryan to pounce on that comment. >> vice president biden just today said that the middle class over the last four years has been "buried." we agree. >> reporter: the latest poll shows the race for president is still close. which means every word and gesture tonight could impact the election. after a couple of coin tosses last night we learned president obama w
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Oct 4, 2012 6:00pm PDT
. >> people seem to agree mitt romney scored a win in the debate. president obama told a denver awed -- audience romney misrepresented himself. >> there did the president tell the truth? truth is that that is not what is going to make the difference. >> there president accused mitt romney of proposing tax cuts to the rich that will hurt the middle class. >> average family will pay about $2,000 more. >> numbers are shaky. $5 trillion is the proposed tax cut and the president's number assumes that there will be no change from increased economic growth. and when it came to the health care debate there was a similar aassumption. >> i don't understand how you can cut medicare for current recipients. >> fact check? $716 billion is a 10 year projection. the plan save that's much money limiting payments to insurance companies and drug companies and hospitals. they've agreed to reductions. last night both men were relying on their own aassumptions and facts some times took a beating. >> i think people are judging the performance and who seemed more competent and relaxed. >> saying nobody is j
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Oct 3, 2012 11:00pm PDT
>> president obama and mitt romney duke it out over the economy in the first debate of three. good evening. i'm dan ashley. >> and i'm carolyn johnson. a particularly strong showing from mitt romney tonight on key topics ranging from the economy to health care. >> abc7 news political reporter mark matthews is here with a look at this first big match up. >> no knockout punches tonight, nothing we will see over and over again on television, but mitt romney did what he needed to do. mitt romney ran to the middle saying lowering the tax rates for wealthy americans would not lower the amount of taxes they pay. >> my view is we should provide tax relief to those in the middle class. but i am not going to reduce the share of taxes paid by high income people. >> romney said he would close tax loopholes and limit the de tucks -- deductions to the risk. >> it is knot possible to come up with enough deductions and loopholes that only affect high income individuals to either avoid raising the deficit or burdennenning the middle class. it is math. it is arithmetic. >> on health care -- >> first
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Oct 3, 2012 6:00pm PDT
nominee, and former massachusetts governor mitt romney, the republican nominee. this debate, and the next three, two presidential, one vice presidential, are sponsored by the commission on presidential debates. tonight's 90 minutes will be about domestic issues. and will follow a format designed by the commission. there will be six roughly 15-minute segments, with two-minute answers for the first question, then open discussion for the remainder of each segment. thousands of people offered suggestions on questions, via the internet and other means, but i made the final selections and, for the record, they were not submitted for approval to the commission or the candidates. the segments, as i announced, in advanc advanced, will be three on the economy and one each on health care, the role of government and governing, with an emphasis throughout on differences, specifics and choices. both candidates will also have two-minute closing statements. the audience here in the hall has promised to remain silent. no cheers, applause, boos, among other noisy distracting things. so, we may all con
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Oct 4, 2012 1:05am PDT
. >> president obama and mitt romney duke it out over the economy in the first debate of three. good evening. i'm dan ashley. >> and i'm carolyn johnson. a particularly strong showing from mitt romney tonight on key topics ranging from the economy to health care. >> abc7 news political reporter mark matthews is here with a look at this first big match up. >> no knockout punches tonight, nothing we will see over and over again on television, but mitt romney did what he needed to do. mitt romney ran to the middle saying lowering the tax rates for wealthy americans would not lower the amount of taxes they pay. >> my view is we should provide tax relief to those in the middle class. but i am not going to reduce the share of taxes paid by high income people. >> romney said he would close tax loopholes and limit the de tucks -- deductions to the risk. >> it is knot possible to come up with enough deductions and loopholes that only affect high income individuals to either avoid raising the deficit or burdennenning the middle class. it is math. it is arithmetic. >> on health care -- >> first of all,
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Oct 8, 2012 3:00am PDT
romney campaign to raise $12 million the $48 after the debate. >> how did you find out your name was mentioned in the debate? >> i got a million tweets. >> so you're on twitter. >> no, i'm a bird. that's how we talk. >> reporter: what's also talking are the sales here at sullivan's toy store in washington, d.c. they say they've sold more big bird items than in weeks past, proving just how profitable one yellow bird can be. reena ninan, abc news, washington. >> incredible. so besides pbs being this much of the budget, they did a poll last year that showed almost 70% of the country opposed defending pbs as well. they tried to do it before. it's such a small measure of entitle management programs. at any rate, poor big bear in the crosshairs of the debate. we love him here on the overnight. >> what's he doing, looking over your shoulder. >> i don't know. >> we should bring him on my show as co-anchor. >> bring him on. everyone else has done it. why not big bird. >>> up next, an electrifying stunt for a well known daredevil. >> how david blaine plans to spend the next three days warding
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Oct 8, 2012 4:00am PDT
gallup poll confirms romney picked up momentum after last week's debate. president obama is leading romney three points after being up six points after his speech. romney focusololk coke us on hi plan. it calls for a $5 trillion tax cut. >> reporter: the candidates pounced on tv ads. romney does want to cut tax rates that would reduce revenue by $5 trillion over ten years. romney has refused to say which one, leaving him open to attack. >> today, mitt romney will launch an attack of his own, delivering a foreign policy speech slamming president obama's middle east policy. rock and paula. >> all right, tahman bradley, live in washington this monday morning. thank you, tahman. >>> and of course, the main event this week is thursday's vice presidential debate, abc's live coverage begins at 9:00 eastern, 6:00 pacific. >>> and politics overseas now, it is another victory for venezuela venezuelian president hugo chavez. chavez although is battling cancer received 54% of the vote, leaving his supporters to celebrate right there in the streets. voter turnout was more than 80%. that's the hi
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Oct 4, 2012 5:00am PDT
on the campaign trail wasting no time after their debate in denver. romney's campaign got a boost in momentum thanks to his aggressive critique of mr. obama's handling of the economy. but mr. obama fought back asking for specifics about how he would help the middle class. >> reporter: the first debate started with a shand shake -- which handshake and smile between president obama and mitt romney. then it quickly focused on the economy. >> the president: five million jobs in the private sector created. auto industry has come roaring back. housing has begun to rise. >> i know what it takes to get small business growing again to hire people. >> reporter: romney was aggressive most of the night but his comments about the 47% has taken a toll on his campaign. the president never brought up those comments and romney tried to move past them. >> under the president's policies middle income americans have been buried, crushed. i will not under any circumstances raise taxes on middle income families. >> reporter: the president challenged his rifle saying romney cannot keep his -- his rival say
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Oct 2, 2012 7:00am PDT
debate. both candidates cramming in private. the stakes could not be higher for romney behind now in the battleground states. abc's jake tapper is in las vegas where the president has set up his debate camp. good morning, jake. >> reporter: good morning, george. that's right, both campaigns have been intensity participating in mock debates. president obama working on keeping his answers concise. mitt romney, his aides say, is getting used to the one-on-one format, with the race so tight, anything could happen and so much could ride on tomorrow night. mitt romney held a rally in denver overnight, where he previewed tomorrow night's fireworks. >> these debates are an opportunity for each of us to describe the pathway forward for america that we would choose. and the american people have to make their choice as to what kind of america they want. >> reporter: he will likely start the day tomorrow with a workout. he's an elliptical machine kind of guy. meanwhile, the president is at this posh resort in nevada where he'll no doubt also be hitting the gym before getting another day of debate pr
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Oct 3, 2012 6:00am PDT
victims. >> during a break in their intense debate preparations romney grabbed a bite to eat in denver. president obama visited the dam for the first time. -- visited the an hoover dam for the first time. >>> 6:30 7. what do they say this real estate, location, location, location. that fits for the forecast too. >> location and timing is key to today's forecast, good morning, welcome to wednesday, visibility limited lack of clouds, really beautiful pictures on our tower cams if you get a chance go to abc7news.com and take a look at those or check out my facebook page in a few minutes looks like the sky on fire over the east bay hills this morning, but it is not. west wind at sfo is key to the forecast everybody else calm when we can get the west to southwesterly winds start to kick in, cooling trend is coming it increase in clouds as southerly surge takes over, temperatures top out in the 60s and 70s, back into the 60s this afternoon with clouds on the increase, mid 70s to mid 80s around the bay, mid 80s to mid 90s inland, 90s holding on into the east bay valleys. clouds surging here m
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Oct 7, 2012 4:00am PDT
a billion dollars in campaign shall ka. meanwhile, mitt romney riding his post debate momentum into a must win state for him, florida, it's "your voice, your vote" and abc's david kerley is in orlando with 30 days to go. david, good morning to you, sir. >> reporter: good morning to you, dan. you know, mitt romney is really trying to build on that debate momentum so he's spending another day here in florida where the campaign says that the race is tightening and romney got one of his biggest crowds ever last night in a state he really has to win. >> that was a florida welcome. thank you very much. >> reporter: one of mitt romney's biggest crowds ever, more than 6,000 supporters near orlando in a state he needs to win. >> we're going to overcome the challenges we have. i'm counting on florida to win this for me on november 6th. >> reporter: the crowd energized about the candidate's chances after that first debate. >> when it came to jobs and the economy, he doesn't really have anything to add to what he's been doing over the last four years. i don't think we could afford four more yea
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Oct 4, 2012 4:30am PDT
works on people. >>> the presidential debate mitt romney struck a nerve with social media when he said he would eliminate the subsidy for the public broadcast system. >> i'm going to stop the subsidy to pbs, i like pbs, i love big bird. >> someone speedly -- immediately started a fire big -- [ unintelligible ] >>> gangnum-style a hit with one baby who refuses to eat. >> check this out. a london father says feeding 10-month-old benjamin is an ordeal, the dad says all that changes when he plays gangnam-style on his computer, the baby gets transfixed and eats his lunch without problem i am look at him. however, as soon as the video goes off, benjamin gets fussy again. >> i think the message is leave the video on. >>> street violence takes two more lives in san jose. the latest on an investigation at -- latest in the investigation. >>> frightening scene why deputies say they were forced to shoot a man. >> [ unintelligible ] >>> dramatic rescue on the rpep
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Oct 8, 2012 5:30pm PDT
: a new gallup poll shows those who watched the debate believe romney did the superior job. 72% to obama's 20%. incumbent presidents wait a minuted off from confrontation and in a bubble for years often stumble as did president ronald reagan in 1984. >> i did avoid, i'm afraid, in my previous answer also. >> reporter: president obama seemed to have initially thought all went well that night. >> this was a terrific debate. >> reporter: but quickly after he left the stage, he talked to aides and realized he had not brought his "a" game. "this is on me," he later told top advisers, and since then, he's been studying the video of that night with the goal of a more energetic and crisp performance. while the obama campaign dismisses it, other top democrats say pressure is now on vice president biden. a win by congressman paul ryan could create a dynamic of energized challengers squaring off against tired incumbents. and, diane, vice president biden is in debate prep holed off in a delaware hotel reading the book that ryan co-authored, "young guns" and practicing some of the attack lines
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Oct 2, 2012 5:00am PDT
poor. bloomberg business report next. >>> stage is set between first debate between mitt romney and president obama. the arguments both will be using. >>> penalty you will pay when you fly one airline. you won't believe how much money your carry-ons could cost you. >>> holiday hiring already in full swing at one major retailer. how many employees macy's is hoping to hire for christmas. alright let's break it down. mom, pop it. ♪ two inches apart, becky. two inches. t-minus nine minutes. [ ding ] [ female announcer ] pillsbury cinnamon rolls. let the making begin. ♪ too bad the guys aren't here we're clear. ok, swarm! swarm! hello [ female announcer ] pillsbury chocolate chip cookies. let the making begin want to start the day with something heart healthy and delicious? you're a talking bee... honey nut cheerios has whole grain oats that can help lower cholesterol. and it tastes good? sure does! right... ♪ wow. delicious, right? yeah. it's the honey, it makes it taste so... ♪ well, would you look at the time... what's the rush? be happy. be healthy. >>> welcome back. hot ever
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Oct 4, 2012 7:00am PDT
mitt romney facing off in the first crucial debate in denver. romney came in behind. he took the debate last night. overnight polls give romney the win. the question, now, will it boost him enough in those key battleground states? >> it was the most tweeted event in social history. our political team is standing by with a full roundup of the night. and what this means for both candidates, with just 33 days to go until the final vote. >> we're closing in right now. >>> and josh and sam, boy, you had a special visit yesterday. robin tweeted out the first picture since her transplant of your visit. >> sam and i went, hoping to raise her spirits. the morning after, our spirits remain raised. it was a beautiful afternoon. >> can't wait to hear more about it. >>> let's get more about the first big debate. "your voice, your vote." our powerhouse political team is covering all of the angles. jake, even president obama's team is conceding that mitt romney gained ground last night. >> that's right, george. obama campaign officials conceding that romney seemed more polished. they say they e
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Oct 3, 2012 11:00am PDT
explain, just >>> tonight the first of three debates takes place between president obama and mitt romney starting at 6:00 right here. brandi hitt has more. >> reporter: the last time president obama and mitt romney met face-to-face was during the 2008 campaign season many tonight, four years later, they meet again in their first presidential debate, it is a critical moment with the race still very close according to the latest poll. >> mitt romney has to show up and be competent and compassionate and connect with the audience. the president is about mannerisms and style. >> reporter: while the candidates go through last minute debate preps, a speech obama gave in 2007 has resurfaced conservative website posted the entire video last night. critics call it racially divisive. he contrasted how families in new orleans were treated by the government after hurricane katrina compared to new york city residents after 911. >> what is happening in new orleans. where is your dollars? where is your money? makes no sense. tells me the bullet hasn't been taken out. [ applause tells me that some
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Oct 5, 2012 12:00am PDT
sort of thing that mitt romney won the debate last night. which means president obama lost two fights on his anniversary last night. the president -- the president seemed a little bit out of it last night. he had all the enthusiasm of a husband talking to his wife's friends at a dinner party. kept looking down and frowning. it was like he was looking -- he was trying to find a b of a of apple maps. the only thing that could have salvaged his performance if the body of bin laden fell from the ceiling onto the stage. mitt romney seemed downright human. he really did. he was relaxed before the debate. this is mitt and his wife ann watching their son play a rousing game of jenga. this is real. we didn't make this up. they are playing -- and look at how much fun they're having. have you ever seen a person enjoy watching althou ing anoth play jenga as much as the romneys are here? he's having a dynamite time. i guess when you don't drink or smoke, jenga kicks ass. [ applause ] it's the simple things. moderator for the debate last night was jim lehrer of pbs and jim was as in control of this
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Oct 3, 2012 1:40am PDT
. >>> president obama and mitt romney have been mostly behind closed doors ahead of their debate tonight in denver. that's left their running mates to generate some fireworks, so to speak, on the campaign trail. vice president joe biden got things started with this comment about romney's economic plans. >> how they can justify raising taxes on the middle class that has been buried the last four years. >> vice president biden just today said that the middle class over the last four years has been, quote, buried. we agree! that means we need to stop digging by electing mitt romney as the next president of the united states. >>> biden later tried to dig himself out of the mess by explaining that the middle class had been buried by policies supported by the republicans. trying to, yeah, dig himself out of that line. >> joe's always -- he's never dull. love him or hate him, he's always saying something interesting. and headline-worthy, interesting. everyone talking about the video released last night as well. conservative website dug up a video of the president speaking to an audience back in 20
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Oct 4, 2012 12:00am PDT
convenient. honey, i'd love to go to the ballet with you, but i'm debating mitt romney that night. hey, mitt, help me out, will you? [ laughter ] according to "the new york times," team romney has been working on what they call zingers for mitt to use tonight. just an fyi, if you call it a zinger, probably isn't one. we got some zingers, we got some whimsy, we've got some farcical remarks tonight. romney has reportedly been rehearsing these for months. his staff said he started working on them in august. even hired a company to write zingers for him. you know, he hired a company that we sometimes use here at the show to write jokes for us, so, i thought we should ask them about it. you i believe we have them on video chat right now. see if we can hook into it. hello. >> iphone 5 map app help center. how are you not today? >> jimmy: no, no, it's me, jimmy kimmel. >> oh, hi, mr. jimmy kimmel. jimmy kimmel, how are you, my brother from a totally different mother? >> jimmy: i am -- i'm good, bro. so, hey, i -- the reason i'm calling is that i heard mitt romney hired you to write zingers fo
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Oct 1, 2012 11:00am PDT
aides say he will be working on his debating skittles with kerry playing the part of romney. romney is prepping in denver. analysts say this is his best chance to turn his campaign around which has been losing ground in recent weeks. see the first debate right here on abc7, live debate coverage begins 6:00 this wednesday night. >> i love how they lower expectations. your expectations for hot temperatures those are coming true. >>> they are here but kind of in a brief engagement, especially some areas, doesn't that look gorgeous. we'll talk about how hot it is going to be at the beaches. and how long this poor air quality is going to last. >> plus, kids exposed to too much tv without knowing it. damage it might be doing to the entire family. >>> why the congressional staffer accused of attacking lindsay lohan is no longer facing charges. >>> take a look at the gun sitting near rodeo beach in morning, it was saved from the scrap heap by the national park service to be put on display. >>> study finds young children exposed to four hours of background tv each day. background tv is when a tv is left on and nobody is watching. rep searchers say it is linked to lower attention span in children. they worry damage the parent-child relationship. >>>
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Oct 1, 2012 5:00am PDT
romney calls for a new mideast strategy. see the first debate between mitt romney and president obama right here on abc7, live debate coverage begins 6 p.m. this wednesday. >>> october 1st, the u.s. supreme court convenes new session today. explosive issues like same-sex marriage, voting rights and abortion likely coming up. the first thing 7:00 this morning, pacific time, will release a list of appeals it will not consider. california's ban on same-sex marriage is not likely to be on that list f it is the 9th circuit ruling stands and same-sex would once again be legal in california. >>> 5:50. spare the air day today. >> any triple digits? >> head north, head east if you want real heat, head to the coast if you want heat, used to being in the 50s going to be in mid to upper 70s warm and toasty at the coast. good morning. looking down at san francisco all the way to the east bay hills, almost unlimited visibility this morning due to the lack of cloud cover and haze. with all the clouds no need to worry about drizzle not even at the coast no mist hanginging in the air, no rain, quo use
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Oct 8, 2012 11:00pm PDT
. >> after the debate i thought if romney got elected and i hadn't done everything i could to help i would never for give myself. >>reporter: that's why you are hear day. yes. definitely a wick up call. i would like to think that his performance awas somewhat intentional to remind people this is important. can't take anything for grante granted. >>reporter: the president is counting on his supporters to step up lick they did 4 years ago. not much time left. election is only 29 days away. >> we are not going back. we are moving forward. that's why you are here. that's why i am here. that's why i am running for a second term as president of the united states. >>reporter: the president will be spending the nature at the hotel here. tomorrow he heads to the all important battle ground state of ohio. live in san francisco, lillian, abc 7 news. >> thanks so much. lots of cheering supporters but president obama visit to san francisco also drew protestors. small group turned out in front of bill gram civic auditorium tonight code pink activist another and other anti-war group called on him t
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